At 19,340 feet high, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the tallest peak in all of Africa. Located very close to the Kenya border, Mount Kilimanjaro is an excellent location for travelers with many interests. Climbing Kilimanjaro offers an exhilarating view and is an excellent inclusion in either Tanzanian or Kenyan vacation packages. Pair it with Mount Kenya if working hard to get a stunning view is for you. Meanwhile, Kilimanjaro safaris in the lands around the base of the mountain mean some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is accessible even to unseasoned climbers due to relatively gentle slopes and a few different routes are available to the summit. Most climbers take at least five days on the ascent to avoid altitude sickness, however, faster ascents and more difficult routes offer experienced climbers a less crowded and touristy journey to the top.
Once you are at the top, you may be surprised to learn that Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa to be connected to a mobile phone network. As long as you’re here, why not call someone and gloat about your accomplished climb? During April, May, and November, rains are common so the best time for climbing Kilimanjaro is during any other month of the year. Vacation packages often combine climbing the mountain with Kilimanjaro safaris in the surrounding savannahs.